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Collecting and curating are the cornerstones of Serena Mitnik-Miller’s business and personal style. As an artist and co-proprietor of General Store, a favorite home-goods shop of our editors’, Mitnik-Miller is constantly on the hunt for eye-catching wares by local artisans. Everything she sells is something she’s fallen for herself, whether it’s a gorgeous woven indigo rug, a ceramic coffee dripper, or a simple rope swing. “Problem is,” Mitnik-Miller says, “every time I get new things in the store, nine out of 10 come home with me.”
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“I find Leslie Williamson’s Modern Originals inspiring. It looks inside the houses of designers I admire.”
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She uses multiple sizes of Humble Ceramics canisters to store salt, coffee, and granola.
From $45, shop-generalstore.com
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The blues in this painting were inspired by the ocean.
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“Cacti are a favorite of mine. In fact, the community garden in my store’s backyard is filled with them.”
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Poppy and Someday Gypsy Rose toner. “It’s so refreshing to spray it on in the morning.”
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David Mellor Minimal cutlery is sturdy and utilitarian—great for everyday use.
$74 for a 4-piece set, heathceramics.com
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“The store did a sandal-making class with Rachel Sees Snail shoes, so I made the exact pair I wanted. They’re compact and great for travel.”
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Mitnik-Miller likes to add a dollop of Butterbean Studio’s wild-sage honey to her coffee.
$17.50 for 1 lb., ebay.com/americanmade
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Jonathan Spoons’ cherry whisk. “It’s great for scrambling eggs.”
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“Illesteva sunglasses fit my face perfectly and are lightweight.”